Fernando Alonso says McLaren should take inspiration from Red Bull and its ability to maximise a compromised package as the Spaniard suffered a low key start to the Italian Grand Prix.

A two-time race winner at Monza, Alonso is predicting an altogether tougher weekend this year at the wheel of the underperforming McLaren-Honda, with the Spaniard already confirmed to be taking grid penalties for more component changes.

With the MP4-30 unable to match its rivals on the straights, Alonso ended the first day of free practice down in 16th overall, but is refusing to be too disheartened by the predictable situation.

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Instead, Alonso says McLaren take inspiration from Red Bull - which will also start towards the back this weekend with its own engine penalties - and the way it has managed to develop its RB11 into a more competitive package, despite also being compromised by its power unit.

"As we knew, the circuit is quite tough for us, so we are not very competitive but we will try to make some changes in the car and try to learn some things.

"Red Bull are fighting for points and they're even fighting for podiums. Definitely they are competitive, but we'll see what we can do. I think we have a good example there that they don't have the best package but they're still fighting for top places; so we'll try to do the same."